Department of Employment and Labour

The Department of Employment and Labour is the department of the South African government responsible for matters related to employment, including industrial relations, job creation, unemployment insurance and occupational health and safety.

Department of Labour
Department overview
JurisdictionGovernment of South Africa
25°44′59″S 28°11′20″E
Employees3,490 (2010/11)
Annual budgetR1,981 million (2011/12)
Minister responsible
  • Thembelani Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Employment and Labour
Deputy Minister responsible
  • Boitumelo Elizabeth Moloi, Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour
Department executive
  • Mr. Thobile Lamati, Director-General: Labour
Child agencies
  • Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration
  • Commission for Employment Equity
  • Compensation Board
  • Employment Conditions Commission
  • National Economic Development and Labour Council
  • Productivity South Africa
  • Unemployment Insurance Fund
Key documents
  • Labour Relations Act, 1995
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997
  • Employment Equity Act, 1998
  • Unemployment Insurance Act, 1996
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993
  • Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act,

As of 29 May 2019 the Minister of Employment and Labour is Thembelani Thulas Nxesi. In the 2011/12 budget the department had a budget of R1,981 million and a staff complement of 3,490 civil servants.[1]


  1. "Vote 18: Labour" (PDF). Estimates of National Expenditure 2011. Pretoria: National Treasury. 23 February 2011. ISBN 978-0-621-39863-2. Retrieved 10 January 2012.

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